Growing Spinach in the Lettuce Raft

by Natasha
(North Carolina)

Hi,
I'm a high school student trying to start hydroponics at our school. We like the lettuce raft design because its so simple and straight forward. However, is it possible to grow spinach in the lettuce raft? What other plants can be grown in the lettuce raft?

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Answer from Stella/Simon:

Hi Natasha,
The lettuce raft is probably the simplest and most economical hydroponics system you could build. Although deceptively simple to set up and maintain, it is superior for growing light leafy vegetables like lettuce, herbs and even small peppers. And spinach is also perfect. These plants grow at an astounding rate in this system.

A lettuce raft makes an impressive, "futuristic" display and is a favorite with school teachers and for science fair projects (use an aquarium for the reservoir so you can see the roots).

Good luck with your lettuce raft, Natasha, you can get started with a small raft with these free plans:
Lettuce Raft

Or if you want a more serious garden, you might find this is what you need:
U Build It.

Hope this helps!

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